Freedman is handed Crystal Palace opportunity

Crystal Palace have appointed Dougie Freedman as their new manager.

The Eagles missed out on their number one target yesterday when Eddie Howe opted to stay at League One promotion-chasers Bournemouth.

Chairman Steve Parish therefore turned to Freedman, the ex-Palace striker who was appointed caretaker after George Burley's sacking on New Year's Day.

The 36-year-old, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Leeds United in 2008,has signed a two-and-a-half year contract.

He said: "This is a very proud moment for me to be named manager of the club that I have grown to love.

"First and foremost I would like to thank the fans for their support over my playing and coaching career and long may it continue.

"I would also like to thank the owners of the club for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Elsewhere, Hull's teenage defender Liam Cooper has joined Carlisle on loan.

The 19-year-old has agreed to stay for an initial month at Brunton Park and will go straight into the Cumbrians' squad for Saturday's home clash with Bristol Rovers.

Cooper, who made his first-team debut for the Tigers in August 2008, has made three first-team appearances this season.

Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi will remain on loan at Bradford until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has had a successful spell at Valley Parade so far, making 22 appearances in all competitions for the Bantams this season, scoring two goals.

Sheffield Wednesday are expected to make an improved offer for Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds after an initial bid was turned down.

The Owls are understood to have offered 75,000 for the 23-year-old, whose contract at Motherwell expires this summer, while Rangers and Swansea have also been linked with the centre-half.

The Owls completed the permanent signings of defenders Reda Johnson and Michael Morrison from Plymouth and Leicester respectively last week.

Huddersfield Town have signed Newcastle defender Tamas Kadar on a one-month emergency loan. The 20-year-old Hungarian is equally comfortable at left-back or centre-back and will stay with the Terriers until February 15 after making his debut in the win over Plymouth last night.

The Football Association are planning to mark their 150th anniversary with a series of matches against the home nations but have denied they hope to make the Home International tournament a regular part of the football calendar again.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said today that he has opened talks with his counterparts from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about arranging a series of matches in 2013.

"We intend to celebrate the anniversary and have been talking to other British associations about a possible one-off series of games," said Horne, speaking at the official announcement of the FA's new partnership with Vauxhall.

"I passionately believe that there is an empathy for this and I think the public would welcome the matches, but whether they would welcome on a regular basis is something we need to be careful with."

Keiran Westwood.

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